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Planting Instructions for Papaver (Oriental poppies):

Bloom Time:  Early summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained Moisture:  Average, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  With top of root 1/2" to 1" below soil level Spacing:  12 to 18" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root poppies should be dry but slightly firm when dormant. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Oriental poppies in full sun to part shade in any good, well-draining soil. They are NOT tolerant of heavy, wet, or clay based soils and may rot out the first winter if planted in areas that stay wet for extended periods of time.

Moisture:  Oriental poppies will grow in any well-drained and relatively dry soil. Give them average moisture while actively growing in the spring. They need very little moisture while dormant in summer.

Spacing:  Plant about 12" to 18" apart.

Depth:  Plant with the top of the tap root about 1/2" to 1" below soil level. After planting and watering in lightly the root should not be showing.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Oriental poppies very adaptable to any good, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired, digging deep enough to plant the carrot like root vertically without coiling or breaking them. After planting you can water in once but then they prefer a dry start when they are dormant and have no foliage. Even after they sprout they don't like to be wet, so supplemental water is rarely if ever needed.

Landscape Uses:  Oriental poppies are beautiful early summer bloomers. Combine them with iris, peonies, and early daylilies. Underplant them with creeping plants such as Ajuga or vinca, or overplant them with large summer plants such as baby's breath, Russian sage, Echinacea, daylilies, and lilies, to hide the gap left behind when they go dormant in summer.

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